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Recruiting for In-Demand Healthcare Jobs

Recruiting for In-Demand Healthcare Jobs

The healthcare industry is advancing rapidly as healthcare providers scramble to meet the needs of an aging population, ongoing and changing health issues, and technology advancements.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects that the healthcare and social assistance industry will generate the most jobs (5.7 million) over the next decade.

Healthcare support occupations are likely to grow more rapidly in the coming decade, at 35 percent, with healthcare practitioners and technical occupations trailing closely at 26 percent.

According to the Bureau's “2010-2011 Occupational Job Outlook” (June, 2012), the healthcare jobs that will lead the pack are:

  • Home health aides: 69% 
  • Physical therapist assistants: 48% 
  • Physical therapists: 39% 
  • Medical assistants: 31% 
  • Registered nurses: 26% 
  • Physicians and surgeons: 24% 
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: 22% 
  • Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants: 20%

The reports below will help with recruiting and hiring these and other in-demand healthcare jobs.

Find more information on healthcare hiring trends in Monster’s 2012 Healthcare Job Conditions Report.

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Hiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
Sometimes referred to as nursing aides, certified nursing assistants are among the allied health professions that are expected to show strong growth over the next decade. Expansion is due to an increasing senior population that will require long-term care to enhance quality of life.

Hiring Dieticians and Nutritionists
With high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, job prospects are solid over the next decade for dietitians and nutritionists who are needed to recommend adjustments relating to diet, as well as monitor the preparation and serving of meals.

Hiring Home Health Aides
The third largest employment sector within healthcare is home health aides. This group is expected to be one of the fastest growing over the next decade. As the growing population ages, more elderly and disabled clients prefer to remain in their homes rather than go to nursing homes or hospitals.

Hiring Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVNs)
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are expected to grow faster than the average demand for all occupations over the next decade as many are expected to retire.

Hiring Medical Assistants
One of the fastest growing allied health occupations, medical assistants are expected to multiply over the next decade as employers seek ways to save money and run more efficient offices, as the demands for healthcare services expand.

Hiring Occupational Therapist Assistants (OT)
The rapid expansion of occupational therapist assistants and aides is due to increased demand from the aging baby-boom generation, a growing elderly population, and the widening pool of children with developmental disabilities receiving treatment.

Hiring Pharmacists
Pharmacists are in demand due to the continual development of new drugs, the growing population of older people and the need for pharmacists to counsel the growing population of clients who take multiple medications.

Hiring Physical Therapists Assistants (PT) 
Increased demand for therapy and rehabilitative services is due to the aging population and enhanced medical developments enabling trauma victims and newborns to survive.

Hiring Physician Assistants
Physician assistants are expected to have an increasing role in caring for patients, including the rapidly aging population, especially as states change their regulations and allow assistants to perform a wider range of procedures.

Hiring Registered Nurses (RNs)
One of the largest employment sectors within healthcare, registered nurses (RNs) are expected to be one of the highest in demand over the next decade as the growing population ages and the nursing workforce shrinks.